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Every parent gives their children playful nicknames: princess, bug, buddy, and “little man,” but “human capital?” That’s how the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and some of their partners refer to children and their personal data. CDE is set on building these “human capital pipelines” that are ripe for the data harvesting.
By Aimee Randall
Colorado parents are trying to regain some control. But House Bill 1294, a proposal promoted as a way to protect student privacy, falls short of doing the job. Rep. Carole Murray’s HB 1294, which has passed its first committee hearing, was created to address a very real problem that touches close to home. Many moms and dads are only starting to become aware of it.
HB14-1292 is not an inherently bad bill. It is not nefarious in purpose. Rather, it is a fixer, working sordid clean-up detail after six years of a lavish education reform party. For local school districts, this bill would relieve the financial pressures of recent unfunded education reforms. For parents, opposition to 1292 could defund the policies in a last effort to protect their children from governmental overreach. Parents hope that opposition would force legislators to do their own clean-up and respond appropriately to the funding crisis in Colorado education. Take a moment to understand where HB14-1292 came from, what it does, and why it's popular.